Throughout our personal and business lives there are times when we become involved in disputes whether of our making or not. Without prompt effective guidance the issue at hand can escalate rapidly out of control causing untold stress and worry with parties becoming entrenched and unwilling to compromise. Let us, through early intervention, guide and advise you to achieve resolution.
Disputes take many forms but we are here to help so contact us if you find yourself concerned by any of the following:
- Contested probate... lack of mental capacity, undue influence, fraud, breach of trust, removal of Executors or Trustees.
- Breach of contract
- Consumer disputes
- Boundary or right of way problems
- Property or building disputes
- Inheritance claims... where the Will or Rules of Intestacy do not make reasonable provision for you.
- Professional negligence
Whether you are a sole trader, in partnership or Director of a limited company we can help you with claims or disputes relating to:
- Breach of contract
- Partnership disputes
- Post termination covenant enforcement
- Employment issues
Don’t allow disputes to detract from what you do best, act now and let us come to your rescue. It’s no longer about “see you in court” but rather how to achieve resolution with court being the last option. Dialogue, meetings and/or mediation often prove far more effective for clients saving time, resources and unnecessary hassle.
No matter how old you are or what your personal circumstances, making a Will is a vital part of planning for the future of your loved ones. It is also the only way of guaranteeing that your wishes are respected after your death.
If you do not have a Will then the Government will dictate what happens to your assets after your death. Making a Will is a quick and easy process and ensures that the interests of your family and dependants are protected.
If you have already made a will, there are numerous reasons to review it on a regular basis including:
- Estate planning
- Care home fees planning
Liz can help you with a tailor-made Will to give you the peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out after your death
Whether you are married, civil partners, living together or separated we are here to help you through the many complex legal and practical issues that can and do arises in today’s modern world.
Don’t put off seeking expert advice at an early stage as this can often lead to unnecessary upset, delays and ultimately expense.
Our aim is to help you achieve your aim as quickly, practically and cost effectively as possible so if you need advice on any of the following please simply contact us:
- Civil partnerships
- Children- whether residence, contact, parental responsibility, specific issue or prohibited steps.
- Finances or property
- Living together
- Pre & post nuptial agreements
- Separation agreements
We strive to achieve resolution through communication, negotiation, mediation and as a last resort court proceedings. Fees are discussed openly and fully from the outset and plans put in place so that you remain in control.
Are you concerned about retaining independence and control of your life, your healthcare and your finances – even if your health takes a turn for the worst? Or worried that you may lose the capacity to run your own affairs?
We can help you prepare for the worst case scenarios and keep outside agencies from taking control by providing advice and assistance in making Lasting Powers of Attorney – legal documents that allow trusted family members or trusted friends to support you in all your dealings with social services, financial institutions and medical professionals, so that you continue maintain your dignity and independence for as long as possible.
If things get too bad and you have left it too late to protect yourself, we can still help to support your loved ones by making an application on your behalf to the Court of Protection for a trusted family member or friend to be appointed as your deputy.
What can I do to check that we’re not paying too much for care fees?
Care fees assessments are not always right; budget constraints place huge burdens on agencies that occasionally cut corners resulting in people paying for care that they should be getting for free. If you think that you are being charged when you shouldn’t be or overcharged for care fees then speak to one of our specialist solicitors and we can help you to challenge the system with confidence
Inheritance Tax Planning
I’m worried about inheritance tax – what can I do to keep my estate out of the hands of the Revenue?
Our specialist team can provide advice on one or all of the following methods of mitigating Inheritance tax:
- Will planning
- Insurances plans
So, whether the issue of inheritance tax arises before or after death we can provide practical advice and assistance in limiting inheritance tax or even avoiding it all together.
Probate & Estate Administration
There are a wide range of duties that Executors/Administrators of an Estate have to carry out, including valuing the Estate, applying for the Grant of Probate, writing letters of administration, preparing Estate accounts, collecting in the assets, paying debts and taxes and making distributions to the beneficiaries.
Detailed advice can be given on all the above in order that the administration of the Estate is dealt with in a practical and efficient manner.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
This document enables you to appoint a trusted friend and/or relative to manage your affairs either now or in the future. You must have mental capacity when the Power of Attorney is signed but the document will still be valid even if you if become mentally incapable. A Power of Attorney can also be beneficial if you have suffered an accident, ill health or the onset of mental illness.
Moving home can be one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life, but we aim to make the process as smooth as we possibly can for you.
With fixed fee conveyancing we offer a straightforward and clear approach to moving home. You will have your own dedicated conveyancer to act in your best interests and smooth the way as much as possible during the buying, selling or re-mortgaging process